Hypermasculinity in schools: the good, the bad and the ugly

Hickey, Christopher 2010, Hypermasculinity in schools: the good, the bad and the ugly, in Young people's voices in physical education and youth sport, Routledge, Abingdon, England, pp.108-122.

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Title Hypermasculinity in schools: the good, the bad and the ugly
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Title of book Young people's voices in physical education and youth sport
Editor(s) O'Sullivan, Mary
MacPhail, Ann
Publication date 2010
Series International studies in physical education and youth sport
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 11
Start page 108
End page 122
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Keyword(s) Physical education for children -- social aspects
Sports for children -- social aspects
Summary Beneath the common-sense understandings that some boys are sporty and some are not lies a complex suite of identity positions. For those that manage to have their identity confirmed within the powerful sporting discourses that dominate the masculinity landscape, the path to peer acceptance is a clearer one. Conversely, for boys that have their identity diminished by these same discourses, the consequences can be quite dramatic. While physical and athletic prowess are clearly prominent vectors in this sorting process there is a range of other personal and social conditions that impact such trajectories. Built on narrative methodological approaches, this chapter draws on research conducted in a range of settings to describe some of the ways young males understand and enact sporting masculinities. Through a series of research narratives I present the voices of a number of young males as they navigate their identities within and against dominant sporting discourses. To help make sense of the identity practices contained within these narratives a theoretical leaning towards ambivalence will be engaged. Drawing on the work of Foucault, the formation of a masculine sporting identity can be understood as the development of a specific relationship with oneself and with others. Within this framework, sporting identities, like all other identities, are viewed as a process not a state.
ISBN 9780415487443
0415487447
Edition 1st ed.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
170105 Gender Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2010, Routledge
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